The Great Waldo Pepper

The Great Waldo Pepper is a 1975 American drama film directed, produced, and co-written by George Roy Hill. Set during 1926–1931, the film stars Robert Redford as a disaffected World War I veteran pilot who missed the opportunity to fly in combat, and examines his sense of postwar dislocation in 1920s America. The cast includes Margot Kidder, Bo Svenson, Edward Herrmann and Susan Sarandon. The Great Waldo Pepper depicts barnstorming during the 1920s and the accidents that led to aviation regulations by the Air Commerce Act.

The Great Waldo Pepper
Theatrical release poster by Gary Meyer
Directed byGeorge Roy Hill
Written byGeorge Roy Hill
William Goldman
Produced byGeorge Roy Hill
StarringRobert Redford
Bo Svenson
Margot Kidder
Bo Brundin
Susan Sarandon
CinematographyRobert Surtees
Edited byWilliam H. Reynolds
Music byHenry Mancini
Color processTechnicolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 13, 1975 (1975-03-13)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$20,642,922[1]
Redford in The Great Waldo Pepper, standing by the nose of a Standard J-1 biplane used in the movie.
A Standard J-1 with "The Great Waldo Pepper" paint scheme